They say that as soon as you are born, you are also actually dying. It is because the moment that you let out your first cry, many risks will inevitably start to surround you. You can become gravely ill, suffer from an accident, or worst of all, be killed. You may also suffer from certain injuries that can put your life in serious danger.
When it comes to injuries we sustain, there are three possible causes: it could be just bad luck, it could be your fault, or it might be somebody else’s fault. What happens if it is the latter? Can you demand compensation from the other party? The answer is yes—but there are certain guidelines to be followed.
First, you have to understand the nature of a general personal injury in relation to a claim. The cause of the injury should be borne by the other party, whether it is a deliberate or an unwarranted act. For example, if an establishment fails to remove spilt water from the floor and you broke your hip because you slipped and fell because of it, you can make the business liable for any injuries you have sustained. However, if they have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure yours and others safety and you still meet an accident, there is a huge chance your claim will not succeed.
You also need to know the scope of the personal injury claim. Usually, as long as you can prove that there is serious harm and that it’s not your fault, you can file for damages. To be specific, it’s considered to be serious harm when the accident or the injury causes you to lose your job or other opportunities, make you lose your ability to live a normal life, or you can no longer fully support your family. The damages you can get can then be utilised to give you and your loved ones a better head start financially as you adjust to the consequences of the accident.
Take note, however, the limitations of the scope. In general, you have only three years from the date of the injury to file for a claim. Otherwise, your case will be considered out of time. There are, nevertheless, instances when you’re allowed to proceed. A particular example is when the cause of an illness or disease you might have or have had happened later on in your life. Perhaps the accident occurred over three years ago, but it’s only today that you realised the pain and suffering you have right now can be attributed to it.
Moreover, the general personal injury claim is subject to UK jurisdiction. In other words, if the injury happens outside the country, the case can become more complicated since other laws can come into play.
Choosing the Right Personal Injury Solicitor
Claiming for a personal injury isn’t as straightforward as we would all possibly like it to be. In fact, it can be very extensive and financially, physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. It’s therefore fundamental that you deal with a personal injury solicitor that can truly handle the job at hand.
Though solicitors these days handle a variety of general personal injury claims, find those with experience and expertise with the issue that you have.